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LIGHTING UP THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 FESTIVAL WITH SPOTLIGHT AND VISION

Posted by Pete Hicks on 9/1/16 12:48 PM   |  7 min read time

Lighting and previsualizing an event on the scale of the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival is all about working with tight deadlines and even tighter spaces. Just 24 hours before 40 performers were set to take the stage at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, New York, entertainment designers were jockeying for space at the front of house to prepare for the coming two days of music, from the festival’s lighting designer Tyler Littman, founder of Philadelphia-based entertainment design company Sholight, LLC, to the audio, video, and laser specialists, as well as artists’ individual designers. Introductions between these varying professionals were brief, as handshakes immediately turned into workflow and logistical discussions about how all the aspects of the show were going to come together.

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Topics: Production & Lighting Design

Your Inside Look into Innovation at Vectorworks

Posted by Pete Hicks on 6/7/16 11:03 AM   |  2 min read time

We’re always pushing the boundaries of what design software can accomplish here at Vectorworks, but just like anyone else, we run the risk of getting caught up in our day-to-day responsibilities and losing sight of new possibilities. That’s why we have Innovation Weeks: times where we set aside our normal tasks to focus on new ideas and pursue unexpected solutions. In doing so, we’ve been able to bring you new tools like our integrated graphical scripting feature, Marionette, which started out as an idea pitched during an Innovation Week.

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Topics: Tech Tips and Workflows, News

Discover the Roots of Today’s Design Trends and Earn 1 AIA LU

Posted by Pete Hicks on 5/31/16 9:54 AM   |  1 min read time

We’ve survived the Atomic Age, journeyed through the Modernist period, and now it’s time to examine how these historic design movements influence the architects of today with the latest Art in Architecture webinar, PoMo Interdictive Architecture: 1985 to 2005, which is now available on demand. Listen in as series host Architect Steve Alden, AIA, explores how modern architects are using the precision of computers to experiment with shape and structure, rejecting the assumptions of the past to push the limits of what a building can be.

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Topics: Academic, Resources, Events, BIM (Architecture), News

Inspiration: Constructing a Career in Interior Design

Posted by Pete Hicks on 4/6/16 10:35 AM   |  5 min read time

Marinella Vronti, a recent interior design graduate from the UK, has always known that she wanted a career in the creative industry. “During school, I was always attracted to subjects like art,” Vronti says. “I always knew that I would never be the student to pursue politics or a career in business. I wanted to be able to create things.”

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Topics: Academic, BIM (Architecture), Interiors, News

Earn AIA LUs with a Journey Through Time

Posted by Pete Hicks on 3/28/16 10:49 AM   |  2 min read time

We’ve already taken you through the post-WWII era of Atomic architecture, but one burning question remains: with civilization no longer teetering on the brink of nuclear Armageddon, what happens to design? To help find an answer, Art in Architecture webinar series host Steve Alden, AIA, is continuing his exploration of the past with two new episodes airing April 5 and May 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET, each worth 1 AIA LU.

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Topics: Academic, Resources, BIM (Architecture), News

No BIM Experience, No Problem

Posted by Pete Hicks on 3/22/16 11:53 AM   |  3 min read time

For many architecture students around the world, there is no chapter in their textbooks that describes how to execute a BIM workflow. Much of the information that they receive comes from different sources and can even be contradictory. That’s why Carlo Galatioto, a recent graduate student from the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland with no experience with in-depth BIM workflows, decided to break the mold, using his final thesis as an opportunity to explore the practical use of BIM.

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Topics: Academic, BIM (Architecture), News

Tech Roundup: March 2016

Posted by Pete Hicks on 3/15/16 10:10 AM   |  2 min read time

We’re talking about tools for the designer on the move in this month’s Tech Roundup. Check out the following videos to explore how you can make the most of your software even when you’re not at your desk.

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Topics: Academic, Resources, Tech Tips and Workflows

Tech Roundup: February 2016

Posted by Pete Hicks on 2/19/16 11:32 AM   |  2 min read time

We’re brushing up on the basics this month. Whether you’re an experienced designer or are just getting used to our software, this series of video tutorials provides a refresher on the program's main functionalities and reviews changes specific to Vectorworks 2016.

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Topics: Academic, Resources

Tech Roundup: New Year, New Design Skills

Posted by Pete Hicks on 1/19/16 10:20 AM   |  2 min read time

In this month’s tech roundup, we’re delivering tips on using tools you may be unfamiliar with, as well as info about an upgraded plug-in for Vectorworks software to help make 2016 your most successful year yet.

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Topics: Academic, BIM (Architecture), Partner Products, Tech Tips and Workflows, BIM (Landscape), Production & Lighting Design

Inspiration: Creating the Urban Canopy with Town and Gardens

Posted by Pete Hicks on 12/16/15 12:47 PM   |  1 min read time

The concrete jungle of New York City may not seem like a place where you’d find a team of designers dedicated to producing vibrant landscapes, but for Town and Gardens, Ltd., this reversal of expectations isn’t the only way they break the mold. To solve a common disconnect between an imagined design and a practical landscape, Town and Gardens evolved their firm into a design/build practice, collaborating with both construction teams and materials vendors to produce artful and viable solutions that enliven the Manhattan cityscape and beyond.

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Topics: Project Highlight, BIM (Landscape), News

Tech Roundup: December 2015

Posted by Pete Hicks on 12/11/15 11:44 AM   |  2 min read time

Since the holiday season is a time of sharing, this month’s Tech Roundup teaches you new ways to collaborate and communicate with your design peers through Project Sharing, a new feature in our 2016 product line. Check out these three introductory videos, and you'll all be working concurrently on the same Vectorworks file before you ring in the New Year.

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Topics: Academic, Resources, Tech Tips and Workflows

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